Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Should you buy a Ford Kuga?

If you're looking for a safe, sensible SUV that'll prove easy to sell on in the future, the Kuga could be the answer. It sells in big numbers for Ford, and with good reason. It's large inside, good to drive, and well equipped. It's also available with some tempting deals if you are prepared to shop around – and aren't shy about haggling.

Is it the best car you could buy of this type, though? No, not close. The SEAT Ateca are Skoda Karoq are better all-rounders, while the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai are much better value for money. That's not to say you won't find a good-value Kuga – the cheapest and best all-round one to go for is the 1.5-litre diesel. Specify it in something like Titanium trim in order to get the most equipment for your buck, and you'll be rewarded with a car that's well equipped and potentially cheap in terms of monthly payments.

'The Ford Kuga is good in isolation, but there are many of more exciting, value-for-money or well-equipped alternatives out there. Haggle hard for a good deal, and remind the dealer a new Kuga is on the way next year.'

Keith Adams, Parkers editor

Company car drivers looking for a little extra performance will find the 2.0-litre, 150hp diesel’s CO2 emissions agreeable, and only slightly higher than the 1.5-litre car’s. And no Kuga is going to push you into your seat but the 2.0-litre diesel with 180hp is undeniably the quickest, taking 8.1 seconds to crack 0-62mph. A respectable enough performance.

Would we put our money in a Kuga? Not really – any of the four aforementioned cars will be more satisyfing, either in terms of function, equipment or value for money. But that said, the Ford is still a very useful family car, and one that comes with a good reliability record and a reputation for ease of servicing. Buy with confidence – as long as you secure the very best deal for yourself.

Ford Kuga SUV rear

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